Tories unveil county conversation

Newly Elected Councillors, 2009.  Pictured is Cllr Andrea Jenkyns,  Conservative.
Newly Elected Councillors, 2009. Pictured is Cllr Andrea Jenkyns, Conservative.

CONSERVATIVE councillors across the county are set to engage in a ‘big conversation’ with residents in September.

Key members of the leading Tory county council group including leader Martin Hill and police and crime commissioner candidate Richard Davies want to know what the public think about the future of council and police services in Lincolnshire.

Coun Andrea Jenkyns said: “I am very pleased that key local politicians are coming to our area.

“Although I and neighbouring councillors work very hard to make sure local views are properly addressed at Lincoln, it is good for the leadership to hear, first hand, people’s views.

“I would really encourage local people to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Coun Martin Hill believes the group has succeeded to protect services and freeze council tax bills during a ‘challenging period’.

He said: “Having successfully achieved many of the aims we have set ourselves over the last three-and-a-half years we are now keen to discuss potential options for the future.

“We already consult extensively through various means but there is nothing like hearing it face-to-face.

“I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.”

The big conversation roadshows also give people the chance to quiz Coun Davies ahead of the commissioner election on November 15.

The new role will replace the old police authority, with duties including holding chief constables and the force to account and making them more answerable to local communities.

Coun Davies said: “I welcome this chance to explain my proposals of what I would hope to achieve as the new crime and police commissioner and at the same time hear people’s views and opinions on what people would want to see happen in policing in the future.”

The first meeting is at the Solo Club in Sleaford at 7pm on September 11 followed by dates at Market Rasen Golf Club on September 13, Royal Arthur Centre, Ingoldmells on September 17, Horncastle College on September 18, Drill Hall in Lincoln on September 19, Grantham Museum on September 25, White Hart Hotel in Boston on September 26 and the South Holland Centre on September 27. All start at 7pm.